College Baseball: Wrapping up another Bobcat loss to the Texas Longhorns

Texas State freshman Dylan Bein pitched well in relief (Photo by Sarah Smith).

Texas State freshman Dylan Bein pitched well in relief (Photo by Sarah Smith).

A questionable call, a slow start and a strong arm cut Texas State down Tuesday night.

You can read about all three in our game story. This post will serve as a deeper look at the loss.

So without further ado, let’s get to it.

  • Here are the Bobcats’ hit totals in the last five games at UFCU Disch-Falk Field — 2, 7, 6, 4, 4. If you want to go further back, Texas State had three games with Texas in 2011 (culminating in an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament) and only scrapped out a total of 12 hits.
  • Texas State head coach Ty Harrington said his team struggles against hard-throwing pitchers and we can see why. The Bobcats can’t decide whether they want to be aggressive or passive at the plate and get stuck in the middle too many times. That’s why you saw Texas State strike out 16 times last week against Rice and eight times tonight.
  • Freshman pitcher Dylan Bein had a solid outing tonight in which he pitched four innings of two-hit ball. Bein, who started the last game against the Longhorns, struck out four batters. When asked what was different this time around, Bein said “I knew what pitches worked and which ones didn’t. I’m ready to go at them again next time.”
  • Sophomore Cory Geisler continues to be a strong option out of the bullpen. Geisler lowered his ERA to 1.35 with a scoreless eighth inning.
  • Texas State has been on the wrong end of history twice this season. Earlier in the year, Rice head coach Wayne Graham won his 1,000th career game when his team beat the Bobcats in extra innings. Tonight it was Texas head coach Augie Garrido leaving his mark on the record books as he became the winningest college head coach at any level. Garrido (1,894) surpassed Gordon Gillespie (1,893).

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2 responses to “College Baseball: Wrapping up another Bobcat loss to the Texas Longhorns

  1. Chuck

    This program has definitely taken a step back. Has anyone noticed how UH, Tech and Sam Houston are all in the Top 25. Those are teams we used to regularly beat. Also, I see no reason to go up I-35 road to be embarrassed.

  2. Jim Fletcher

    Texas State’s baseball program seems to be at a crossroads in 2014. Ty Harrington has been the head baseball coach for the past 14 years, and he may have already reached his own college baseball “ceiling,” especially considering that his team will undoubtedly finish this season with a losing record. The Bobcat baseball teams from 2000 to 2005 seemed much more competitive than recent teams, and a coaching change may be necessary to create a spark in the program. Ty Harrington seems to do well with the resources (players) he has available, but I think Texas State simply needs to recruit better high school and/or junior college baseball players. Moreover, I like the new baseball stadium much better than the old one, but Texas State should have constructed one with a capacity of at least 3,000, because the NCAA requires each regional venue to have such a capacity. If Texas State performs well enough in the future to host a regional tournament, they won’t be able to do it in San Marcos unless they add more seating to the current stadium, which has a capacity of about 2,603. Additionally, I’ve read comments from people who claim that Texas and Texas State won’t ever both host regional tournaments, which is ridiculous. I understand that Austin and San Marcos are only 30 miles apart, but if Texas and Texas State represent two of the top 16 teams in a given season, they could both be designated as regional hosts. The state of Texas has had as many as three regional tournament sites in the same season in the past. Lastly, I understand that football is the engine that monetarily drives the athletic department, which explains the emphasis on that sport, but Texas State seems to have a far better chance of sending baseball teams to the College World Series rather than sending football teams to top-notch bowl games. With the right mix of coaches and players, I could certainly envision Texas State becoming the third best college baseball program in Texas (behind Texas and Rice). Jim Fletcher, 1997 UT-Austin and 1999 Texas State alumnus

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